Stanford Social Innovation Review : Informing and inspiring leaders of social change


Economic Development


Social innovations that improve the living standards of the poor


Filling Out the Middle

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs targets a "missing" segment in emerging economies.


SMART CITIES: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia

SMART CITIES explores how the combination of city growth and new technology can bring opportunities for the future.

By Anthony M. Townsend | Oct. 18, 2013

By Youth, for Youth

Through the Global Changemakers program, people under the age of 25 are developing solutions to problems that directly affect them.


Sponsoring Hope

A properly designed sponsor-a-child program can have real, long-term impact on the life course of its beneficiaries.


Good (and Not-So-Good) Neighbors

Major local events, with some notable exceptions, spur locally based companies to increase charitable giving.


An Arab Spring for Entrepreneurs?

In Tunisia, the Souk At-tanmia project provides funding and technical support to budding entrepreneurs.


Confronting Suburban Poverty in America

Confronting Suburban Poverty in America offers a new look at American poverty as well as recommendations for combating it.


Social Innovation Creates Prosperous Societies

The old paradigm of government aid is inadequate. What's needed are innovative solutions that foster sustainable economic growth.


Tapping the Entrepreneurial Potential of Grassroots Innovation

Instead of treating poor people as a sink of public aid and assistance, we should view them as a source of new ideas and innovations.


Philanthropy and Inequality

The disruptive force of the "new philanthropy" holds the promise of helping to reduce inequality. But will it actually do so?

Reviewed By Robin Rogers | 1 | Summer 2013